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Monthly Archives: November 2014

San Diego State University Police Department Receives OTS Grant For Special Traffic Enforcement And Crash Prevention

The SDSU Police Department has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The SDSU Police Department will use the funding as part of the university’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions saw slight increases in 2011 and 2012. Particularly worrisome are recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracting technologies. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and drugged driving and speeding.

“California’s roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The SDSU Police Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Activities that the grant will fund include:

  • DUI checkpoints
  • DUI saturation patrols
  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Dr. Eric Topol and Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel to Headline the New York eHealth Collaborative’s 2014 Digital Health Conference

Conference to Showcase How Technology is Shaping the Future of Healthcare and Redefining the Patient Experience


Health IT will take center stage in New York City this November 17-18th, at the New York eHealth Collaborative’s fourth annual Digital Health Conference. The premier gathering place for New York’s health tech community, the Digital Health Conference (DHC) brings together a diverse group of 850 senior-level health, business, technology and policy experts for two days of lively exchange and exploration on what’s new, what’s cutting edge, and what’s shaping the future of Health IT.

The diverse conference program includes over 15 interactive panels and talks focused on how technology and digital health are enabling the personalization of medicine. Featured sessions include DSRIP’s transformative impact on New York’s health tech landscape, the game-changing emergence of consumer generated data, cutting edge companies pitching themselves into the Patient Shark Tank®, and an Olympian’s account of how the U.S. Women’s Cycling team utilized health data to medal in London 2012.

In addition, this year’s conference will include the Digital Health Connection, a speed-dating program for local startups and healthcare industry leaders to showcase and accelerate the adoption of new technologies.


Dr. Eric J. Topol, Director of Scripps Translational Science Institute and bestselling author of “The Creative Destruction of Medicine,” and Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, distinguished bioethicist and Vice Provost for Global Initiatives & Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Healthy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will each deliver keynote addresses at the conference.

Featured speakers include more than 40 senior-level healthcare and business executives, renowned professors, policymakers and government officials from New York Presbyterian, Mount Sinai, NYU Langone, Harvard Medical School, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the New York State Department of Health, Aetna, Jawbone, and more.


Monday-Tuesday, November 17-18th, 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Monday, November 17th, 11:40 am – 1:00 pm: Media roundtable with David Whitlinger, Executive Director, New York e-Health Collaborative


Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers
23rd Street and West Side Highway, New York, NY

RSVP: 646-200-5283

To see a full schedule of the DHC’s panels, please go to:

About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC):

NYeC is a not-for-profit organization, working in partnership with the New York State Department of Health to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. For more information about NYeC, visit and @NYeHealth.

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Ronald Mcdonald House Charities® To Award More Than $726,000 in Scholarships for New York Tri-State Students

ISELIN, NJ (Oct. 30, 2014) – Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA) will award more than $726,000 in scholarships to graduating High School Seniors in 2015. As the largest local college scholarships program in the region, RMHC-NYTSA is committed to supporting outstanding students in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas who may face difficulties paying for a higher education. Applications are now available online at The submission deadline is January 20, 2015.

For nearly three decades, RMHC-NYTSA has helped transform the lives of local students through its college scholarship program. Each year, the non-profit organization awards four-year scholarships to recipients who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. The scholarships are funded by New York Tri-State McDonald’s owner/operators and public contributions collected through RMHC Donation Boxes.

“In these challenging economic times, the cost of a college education can be an enormous financial burden for many students and their families,” said Christopher Perry, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area. “RMHC is dedicated to ensuring that exemplary students are permitted access to the education and opportunities they have rightfully earned.”


“It was a great honor to be the recipient of the 2013 RMHC/ASIA Scholarship, which has been instrumental in supporting my college education,” said Udisa Chowdhury, currently a sophomore at NYU. “The scholarship encouraged me to continue taking responsibility in serving my community while following my passions.”

The RMHC-NYSTA Scholarship program is comprised of the following four individual scholarship programs:

  • RMHC®/AAFA – African American Future Achievers Scholarship – Applicants must have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage 
  • RMHC®/HACER – Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources Scholarship- Applicants must have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage
  • RMHC®/ASIA – Asian Student Increasing Awareness Scholarship – Applicants must have at least one parent of Asian/Pacific-Islander heritage 
  • RMHC® Scholars – All students may apply regardless of ethnic heritage. Asian, African American and Hispanic students are welcome to apply for the RMHC Scholars program provided they have not applied for one of the three scholarship programs listed above

Ronald McDonald House Charities began its support of scholarship programs in 1985 by committing $50,000 toward its first scholarships, which were awarded through the Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources (HACER) program. In 2001, the RMHC/ASIA (Asian Students Increasing Achievement) and RMHC African American Future Achievers Scholarships (RMHC/AAFA) began. Since 1985, more than $44 million in scholarships have been awarded by U.S. Chapters and RMHC Global.

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Tibet House US and Christie’s Host 12th Annual Benefit Auction to Preserve Tibetan Culture December 10, 2014

New York, NY (October 28, 2014) – Tibet House US has announced that the 12th Annual Benefit Auction, in conjunction with renowned auction house Christie’s, will take place on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Tibet House US and The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey.

This year’s Honorary Chair Committee includes Philip Glass, Donna Karan, Petra Nemcova, Yoko Ono Lennon, Sandra and Eric Ripert, Martin Scorsese, Trudie Styler and Sting, Uma Thurman, Jann Wenner, Arden Wohl, and Dustin Yellin.

Charitybuzz will return as the event’s online auction partner. The Tibet House US auction will be live on Charitybuzz from November 20, 2014, to December 11, 2014, at

Auction Highlights Include:

Rare Items & Opportunities: A personal voicemail recording from Hugh Jackman; an at-home reception for 20 guests prepared by world-renowned chef Eric Ripert and a personal performance by Philip Glass; dine with Robert and Uma Thurman at the Four Seasons Restaurant; a signed guitar by Sting; a behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week with supermodel Petra Nemcova; a once-in-a-lifetime, two-week internship with Rolling Stone, Us Weekly or Men’s Journal; dinner with Food Critic Adam Platt; two VIP tickets to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.

Adventures & Exotic Trips: An exotic 10-day trip for four to Bali with accommodations provided in a lavish, private villa; a custom-designed safari trip for two to the spectacularly beautiful country of Botswana, Africa; an adventure to the high Himalayas in style with a 8-night excursion for two in Ladakh; experience the wonder of Bhutan during a seven-night signature journey; a journey for two to the Gobi Desert in the magnificent country of Mongolia by Nomadic Expeditions

Contemporary Art & Photography: Pieces by Lynn Davis, Danny Clinch, Shepard Fairey, Milton Glaser, Herb Greene, Bob Gruen, Peter Max, Sheila Metzner, Ed Ruscha, Patti Smith and Peter Tunney

Fashion, Home & Health: jewelry courtesy of Paula Crevoshay, Pamela Huizenga, Mallary Marks, Me&Ro, Margo Morrison, Jill Platner, Reinstein/Ross; an exclusive three-hour consultation from Clodagh Design; a luxurious Alina silk and cashmere throw from Sferra Linens.

Tibet & Beyond: Antique and ceremonial objects, Tibetan rugs, sculptures, and other global finds.

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San Diego State University Police Department – DUI Checkpoint 10-31-2014

Detail Supervisor
Contact Person: Sergeant Hans Warren – (619) 594-1983

The San Diego State University Police Department will be conducting a DUI and Driver Safety Checkpoint in the 5100 block of College Avenue, on October 31, 2014, in an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes.

DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. The checkpoint will be operational from 9:00 PM until 3:00 AM.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Drivers Safety Checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies.

A major component of these checkpoints is to educate the public and increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers. The SDSU Police Department will be assisted by Officers from the San Diego Police Department, as well as officers from several other cities within the county working in partnership under the “Avoid” grant.


The national Drunk Driving over the Limit, Under Arrest crackdown is led by NHTSA and combines high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity. Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the San Diego County Avoid DUI enforcement grant.

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